“I cannot live without freedom!”

“You are governed as you deserve” says the Prophet (pbuh).  Since the night of July 15th 2016, 78 million people living in Turkey have declared all together once more that “we cannot live without freedom!” Such a millat* which is free of tyranny but loyal to Allah (swt) will of course be rewarded with an administration that is bound to the Truth. Allah (swt) has not put this nation under enthrallment and may He never put it. The nefarious act of terror and failed coup d’état attempted on July 15th…

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Kashmir:  trouble in Paradise

So much for Ban Ki-moon’s heart and possibly even more so his soul!  One can only recall the quote in Matthew and the betrayal of Jesus, “When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” The United Nations has walked away from the slaughter in Kashmir and washed its hands of it, and the world body has told India, “It’s…

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World needs to understand Islam correctly

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, As you all know a villainous coup attempt targeted our beloved country, Turkey. This treacherous attempt was against the independence of our nation. It was actually an attack against not only Turkey but the entire Muslims who have been with Turkey with their supports and prayers for a long time. Thousands thanks to our Lord, Allah (swt), that He did not let the traitors and enemies of Islam invade this servant country of Islam. May Allah never give any chance to our enemies to defeat us!…

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We strongly condemn the villainous coup attempt

“We strongly condemn the villainous coup attempt that has targeted the integrity, unity, solidarity, peace, stability, security, and independence of our motherland, Turkey. We ask our Lord, Allah swt, to strengthen our unity and solidarity that we have had against these coup plotters as an entire nation. We thank our security forces and beloved nation who have stood tall in this honourable fight, and all of our brothers and sisters who have supported this fight with their verbal and actual prayers. We ask Allah’s mercy to be on our brothers…

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Frugality and extravagance: an Islamic perspective

Marifatul Haq Yasini The current economic world order has brought a degree of prosperity for some segments of the society in different parts of the globe. However, the damaging consequences of this order prevail over its productivity. It has produced a society, which believes and practices a wasteful and extravagant life-style rather than a moderate and frugal life that is desired by our Creator from us. Living an extravagant life is contrary to the basic principles of Islam. In fact, it means showing ungratefulness to Allah (swt) for the bounties…

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Editor’s letter: The Pen 25

Islamic faith makes this life a joyful journey to the hereafter Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, In the 25th issue of The Pen you will read articles on the evidence for the existence of Allah (swt), protecting our faith today, not to be alone to be among the people of salvation, the case of Andalusia showing the tolerance in Islam, the impact of Ramadan to the economy, frugality and extravagance from Islamic perspective, halal food and market opportunities. We have two exclusive pieces in this issue: “A joyous journey of life…

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The Pen 25th Issue

  . . January – June 2016 The joyous journey of life with faith     Editor’s letter: The Pen 25 Y.Emre Pehlivan   Evidences for the existence of Allah İdris Tüzün   A joyous journey of life with faith  “The Second Word” from the Risale-i Nur   The spiritual secrets of “la ilaha illallah”  “Tenth Proof of Faith” from the Risale-i Nur   How to protect our faith? Muhammed Güç   Do not be on your own to be the people of salvation Ahmed Hüsrev Erdaş   Meaning of the life and how it gains value Muhammed Yumurtacı  …

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The Pen 24th Issue

July – December 2015 Islamic world in need of Risale-i Nur               Editor’s letter: He who knows his Lord saves his hereafter Y.Emre Pehlivan   The spirit, ego and nafs Ali Kurt Allah (swt) has granted human with a domain of legal and illegal and a will and freedom to choose between them. Human is tested with this faculty called nafs which is predisposed both for good and evil.   The illness of intellectual arrogance Cemal Erşen Intellectual arrogance disease may lead people who are more or less…

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Editor’s Letter: He who knows his Lord saves his hereafter

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, In this issue you will find articles about nafs, intellectual arrogance, servanthood to Allah (swt), spiritual crisis of the West (and its effects in the modern world), need for Risale-i Nur in the Islamic world, brotherhood among Muslims, Islamic economic order, Imam Nursi’s ideas about youth, the certainty of Hereafter,  creation and tawhid, and more. Nafs is a faculty embedded into our spirit; it is different from the nafs meaning ‘person’. The ‘I’- which gives sense of ego to the spirit, is the most important feature…

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Creating one thing and everything

Whomsoever is not able to create everything cannot create anything, and whomsoever is able to create a single thing must be able to create everything. Imam Bediüzzaman Said Nursi explains that the belief in God’s oneness has two degrees: the first one is “a superficial belief” that God has no partners and that the universe belongs to Him. The second one is “a firm conviction” that God is one, that everything belongs to Him exclusively and that only He creates. The believers in this second degree are more protected against…

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